Same Success, New Faces

Coach Leininger leads his team at practice.

It's been the same success, but with new faces. Despite graduating all but one from their starting line–up a season ago' Aurora boy's basketball brings back the same high expectations to the court' being one of only two teams to remain undefeated in class B after four games.

"Early season, so we're not getting to excited about anything yet," head coach Tom Leininger said. "But it's a great start and it's where we want to be at 4–0."

Even with Henry Penner as the only returning starter, the Huskies still found a way to build depth in a new line–up averaging over 65 points a game.

"I knew that right away we had guys that were ready to play basketball as soon as they had the opportunity," Penner said. "They're really excited to play and I'm really excited to play with them because they know what it takes to be successful on this team," Penner continued.

"Us guys we've been waiting for this a long time," Cade Reichardt said. "It's really special to us, but we got a great leader in Henry, he's really brought us under his wing, and kept his cool so it's been a fun time." Reichardt stated.

One of the new starters to stand out on the roster is junior Cade Reichardt. Who took the court by storm in Aurora's recent win over Central City, racking up 26 points to lead the team in scoring.

"Coach lets me and Henry play more," Reichardt said. "Once you get into the flow of the game it really comes more easily and it just all clicks."

It's not easy to replace two 1,000 point club members, but Leininger's squad won't shy away from setting the bar high. Anxious for another run to the state tournament.

"We're expecting another really good season and coach is to," said Reichardt. "We've just been waiting for this moment a long time."

"These are guys who didn't play last year because we were so deep in the senior class," Penner said. "Watching them play last year they were really good in JV and had a lot of fun playing and are ready to step up into the varsity games."

"They played really well against really good players everyday for the last three or four years," Leininger stated. "They're going to step in and take those roles hopefully that the kids did last year."

The Huskies face perhaps their biggest challenge yet on Friday as they square off against (4-0) York. The only other team in class B undefeated after playing four games.

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